Assisting Health Information Professionals

The AHIMA Foundation established the HIRO Fund to assist health information professionals whose personal or professional lives were negatively impacted by a disaster. The COVID-19 pandemic presents an unprecedented natural disaster that could result in wide-reaching and adverse economic consequences for individuals and their families. To provide immediate assistance, we are offering financial support for health information professionals who are an essential component of responding to COVID-19. Health data is a vital element of healthcare, including efforts to stem the pandemic. Through the continuing contributions of health information professionals, providers are able to spend more time focused on patient care and better outcomes.

Financial assistance as a result of natural disasters or unemployment related to COVID-19 

Applicants who meet the following criteria will be considered for financial assistance, up to $500, from the HIRO Fund:

  • Applicants must live and/or work in a county that has been declared a FEMA-designated disaster area within the past twelve (12) months.
  • Applicants must be AHIMA members in good standing before the date on which the county was declared a FEMA disaster area
  • Applicants must demonstrate financial need due to a natural disaster or financial need due to employment as a result of COVID-19.
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Eligible applicants may apply for financial assistance by completing and submitting the HIRO Fund Application.

Upon verification by the AHIMA Foundation and the applicant's Component State Association, financial assistance will be distributed to applicants as available and in as timely a manner as possible.